I discovered this place thanks to one of my classmates at University, who told me her mom used to take her here to eat “the best chocolate croissants” in Barcelona. And they are not only delicious – they can be tiny.
One of the bestsellers at the Forn Mistral are the small chocolate croissants, sold by weight. But you can also take home regular sized croissants and other sweet delights, without even taking into consideration the different kinds of bread – designed to please even the most picky eater. Look for the Winter specials: every morning, you’ll see something different in their windows. Also, if on a diet, take a baked apple. Delicious and low in sugar.
The main shop is at Ronda Sant Antoni, but in the street just behind it (Torres i Amat 7), there is also a big cafeteria where all the fresh produce in the shop is sold to eat at the place, along with coffee, tea, orange juice or other refreshments. The baguettes turn into delicious and traditional bocatas and the white ensaimadas are better when soaked into a cup of warm café con leche.
No English is spoken, but you can get around by pointing. The right way is to order, eat and then pay at the counter before leaving. When ordering a coffee with milk, you’ll be asked if you want it “muy caliente” – very hot. If you say yes, be careful not to burn yourself. And don’t miss those croissants and the special breads.